The little person, looking all befuddled to me, jumped out at me when I was flipping through my journal looking for a spark to start a page. I am usually a type A kind of person (which serves me well in many many areas of my life), but in my art I find my type A-ness does not serve me well so I am learning to be led by the moment instead of a “plan”. While letting the moment guide me I learned a valuable lesson…
When I am using stencils I often have ample ink left on a stencil so I use it randomly in another journal. After a few of these I have the beginnings of a journal page. I love the serendipity of it.
Added a leftover bit with squares punched into it- just looking at general composition at this point.
Added some Tim Holtz tissue wrap and strips of black fabric. Put white over the paper strip to lighten it up a bit.
Wrote on the fabric with black dimensional fabric paint. It added great texture but didn’t show up well in most of the photos.
Paint and splatters added here and there with a touch of scribbling on the fleur de lis.
Peach and purple – I just had to add more colors! But it still needed something….
Text! It needed writing of some kind. I tried messy writing and DID NOT LIKE IT. Oops! (Foreshadowing of the lesson I learned…)
I used white to trace over it. Actually like it now. Layers can fix anything! The lesson – don’t give up on it if you don’t like it- simply add more. Just the black was yuck to me, but once I added another layer to it- it liked it!
I liked it so much I added more writing in layers. I must confess I don’t know what the words were supposed to be and even when I do know the word I often misspell it by accident, so who knows what it really meant at the time…
Linking up to all my painty friends at Paint Party Friday & Art Journal Every Day. If you have a moment check out all the great posts- they are full of amazing art and creativity!
I could almost picture watching you do all this. I forget about things like splatters and they add so much. Nice! 🙂
What an awesome page! Love the beautiful colors and all the movement each little bit provides.
Great journal page! Nice to see how you did it. Valerie
I love the black fabric on it. Thanks for the step by step!
Nice evolution of your page. The “messy” writing really makes it. Thanks for sharing your lesson lesrned, we could all benefit from this one. xox
Very cool page. Love the stencil use.
This is such an interesting and lovely page Carolyn, I love your creativity in this, wonderful!
Love this and thanks for showing the process.
Awesome seeing the in progress photos. 🙂 Love it!
Often we are so comfortable with our work that does not terminariamos never is so?, your page is great already. Saludos
lovely creative journal work today!
I’m liking the dimensional paint on the ribbon idea. I’m seeing that paint used in many ways….I guess I’m going to HAVE to make a trip to the craft store!
An interesting composition. I like.
Another great page from you Carolyn, thanks for sharing.
I really like seeing how this one came together. All those fabulous layers!! Beautiful work. Happy PPF
lovely mixed media art work ~ very creative use of materials ~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)
I think Bela is Beautiful in Italian…maybe? I love the black lettering on the fabric, wishing I could touch it. Fun these layers and hearing how you added and added to it until it met your full approval. HPPF!
Carolyn, really love your post. The final page in your journal looks so creative. Nice to see the evolving process of the page.
Cool mixed media! Thank you for taking us through the steps and the process shots, very interesting and fun to see this piece evolving!
Looks very French with the fleur de lis in the picture.. could it be someone coming out of the shadows calling for Cheri? :)) My take on it anyway.
I love how you share your process, the colors you use are so pretty! The way it evolves is wonderful and I like the lesson you shared as well.
“Layers can fix anything” – I need to remember that! Love your layers!
Fantastic textures and blues!!
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Great page, lots going on!
I do the same with my stencils. My monthly calendar backgrounds are filled with stencil ghost prints and those of rubber stamps I’m trying to clean with alcohol. They make for fantastic layering.
I love what you have done here. It is truly amazing. And of course, I like how you stick with the page, allowing it to take you places you didn’t know were possible, when you allowed it to speak to you.
such a cool process you have and the end result is great!
Thanks for the evolution of your page!! Very interesting process!! I coat my one page in layers thick with paint, then smash the other page against it. Similar to what you do with the stencil or stamp!! I often like the second page better than the first!! Layers do help!! This was wonderful!! I may have put a dab of gold or silver on my finger and run in down the black ribbon over the writing to see what happens… not suggesting it just inspired by it!! Great post…thank you!!
Hey–I love that you made the flour de lis the main focus of the piece–truly such an elegant symbol, and I think the way you spaced out the other parts of the design was perfect. It complements the flour de lis rather the compete.
Love the way your page came together-thanks for sharing all your steps!
Love seeing the evolution of this page. And what great texture you’ve brought to this–
great page like all your work and so glad you show us the process! awesome!
I enjoyed your process and thanks a lot for sharing it. I love that you had fun creating the journal. And oh, lovely mistakes! 🙂
Una composición vibrante, muy enérgica. Me gusta mucho como vas explicando paso a paso tu trabajo.
Really Nice!! I enjoy seeing the process of the page and how it turn out in a beautiful piece.
WOW! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity process! Your finished product is amazing! Love it! Thanks for sharing!!
This is perfect..very nice..thanks for sharing the step by step detail 🙂
Thank you Thank you for this post. I am at a lost regarding journals and layering and collages. This is a tremendous page and the tutorial helps me understand. Blessings, Janet PPF
Carolyn, i had missed this one, somehow.
i LOVE it. Great composition, great color…
Thank you for posting your steps – each layer is really beautiful. xox